José Mijares

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José Mijares
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Mijares with the Kansas City Royals
Born: (1984-10-29) October 29, 1984 (age 34)
Caracas, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 13, 2008, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2013, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record6–11
Earned run average3.23
Career highlights and awards

José Manuel Mijares (born October 29, 1984) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher. Mijares pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, and San Francisco Giants.

Professional career[edit]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Mijares pitching for the Minnesota Twins in 2008.

Mijares signed with the Twins as a free agent on March 2, 2002 and bounced around every level of the Twins' farm system—having risen as high as the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in 2007. He was awarded the Gulf Coast League Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2004 and elected as an All-Star in the Eastern League in 2007.

On January 24, 2008, he was re-signed to a one-year deal, and on March 9, 2008, he was cut from spring training and optioned to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League. He also spent part of the 2008 season with the Gulf Coast League Twins and Fort Myers Miracle before ended the minor league season again assigned to the Rock Cats.[1]

In September 2008, Mijares received a call up to the Minnesota Twins, and made his major league debut on September 13 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Twins won that game 12–6. Mijares wound up becoming the Twins main set-up man for the remainder of the season.

Following a rocky 2009 spring training camp, he was reassigned to Rochester.[2] On April 20, Twins set-up man Jesse Crain went on the fifteen-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation, and Mijares was brought back up to the big club to fill the roster spot.[3] In his first appearance of the season, he pitched a perfect eighth inning in Boston in the Twins' 7–3 loss to the Red Sox.

On December 12, 2011, Mijares was non-tendered by the Twins.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

The Kansas City Royals signed Mijares to a one-year contract on December 21, 2011.[4] He had a 2.56 ERA and a 1.267 WHIP with the Royals,

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Mijares was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants on August 6, 2012.[5]

He pitched in 27 games with the Giants in 2012, going 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 27 appearances. He pitched in 6 games in the postseason, including in Game 1 of the World Series. He gave up 3 runs in 2.2 innings with 3 strikeouts. Mijares won his first world series with the San Francisco Giants in 2012.

Mijares pitched 2013 in the Giants bullpen. He was placed on the bereavement list on April 29 after the passing of his grandmother, and he wound up on the restricted list after not arriving to the game on May 6 in time.[6] He was activated the next day. His first half was very solid, going 0-2 with 4 holds and a 2.45 in 33 innings. His August was very rocky, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) in 11 innings (13 games). He pitched in only 5 games in September, including going 3 appearances in a row without retiring a batter.

After the Giants re-signed Javier López to a contract on November 26, a place on the 40-man roster was needed. Mijares was the casualty; he choose free agency. Mijares would have been a non-tender candidate come the arbitration deadline.[7]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On January 24, 2014 the Boston Red Sox signed Mijares to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.[8] He opted out of his deal and became a free agent on March 23, 2014.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On December 24, 2014, the Cincinnati Reds signed Mijares to a minor league deal.[9] On March 23, 2015, Mijares was released by the Reds.[10]

On March 31, 2015, Mijares was suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse.


Mijares throws a fastball that hits 91–94 mph and can touch 95. He also throws a hard curveball in the upper 70s and a mid 80s slider.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Twins option three players". 2008-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  2. ^ Twins Option Mijares to Triple A After Poor Spring, April 1, 2009
  3. ^ "Crain on DL with shoulder inflammation". Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  4. ^ Royals Press Release (December 21, 2011). "Royals sign left-handed reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year contract".
  5. ^ Schulman, Henry (August 7, 2012). "Giants add Mijares to bullpen". The San Francisco Chronicle.
  6. ^ Eymer, Rick (May 6, 2013). "Mijares on restricted list after return delayed".
  7. ^ Schulman, Henry (November 26, 2013). "Mijares released to make room for Lopez". San Francisco Chronicle.
  8. ^ "Red Sox To Sign Jose Mijares". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved Sep 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 24, 2014). "Minor Moves: Mijares, Bowden, Runzler". Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (March 23, 2015). "Minor Moves: Reds Release Jose Mijares". Retrieved March 23, 2015.

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